I should have done better, says Vettel

I should have done better, says Vettel

Hamilton stands on the verge of a fifth title, needing to outscore Sebastian Vettel by eight points to secure an early coronation this weekend in Austin.

Fernando Alonso has said his former team-mate Lewis Hamilton ranks inside the top five all-time greatest Formula 1 drivers, a list he believes is made up of the Mercedes driver, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher.

The Spaniard was then a two-time champion that had been tipped to chase down Michael Schumacher's astonishing records, but it is Hamilton that is within touching distance of the German legend, having already eclipsed his total of pole positions previous year. There are still 100 points available so we can just never be complacent in a championship as intense as this. "If you want to name one (race), then Hockenheim", he added.

"When the vehicle was dominating he delivered and wins the championship, and when the auto was not good enough to win the championship he still put in some performances to show his talent and that's hard to see nowadays". Vettel, victor of five races so far this year, led at his home German Grand Prix at Hockenheim before skidding off a wet track and into the barriers. "I've never really driven an oval before, the cars are really fast and I'm always looking to go faster", Hamilton said.

The German's first retirement of the year cost him the championship lead at a crucial point but he questioned the significance of it."I am not a believer in this has been the turning point or the stars have been wrongly aligned and all this".

When Hamilton was asked if he might be interested in the Indy 500, he said he was more intrigued by NASCAR, although he is not yet sure if he will continue racing beyond his F1 career.

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Hamilton comes into the race on the back of four straight victories, dominating fellow four-time champion Vettel in recent weeks. "It's been the same since I started in 2007 and I think it's probably the same for everyone".

"I think if I was in the same position they would probably do the same thing so it's more as drivers we are all members of the GPDA and I think we all just need to stick together and I think the respect that we have for one another I think is probably the greatest that it's been for many years".

Yet with so much riding on the weekend, Hamilton said now is not the time to make changes to his approach. "We are quite some points behind, we focus on winning and then we see what the others are doing, so it's quite straightforward to be honest", he said.

"I think I'd prefer to try NASCAR". I think you have to be aggressive to win, and of course you need to find the right balance. I think ultimately as a four-time World Champion, it is the most intense year that we've had.

Vettel said the previous race in Japan had helped Ferrari understand more about their vehicle and hoped Austin could see a return to form.

At the last round in Japan, Vettel attempted an over-optimistic overtaking move on Max Verstappen for third place and clashed with the Red Bull driver.

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